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Days Without End Audiobook

Days Without End: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant's army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War.

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

©2017 Sebastian Barry (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"If an audiobook that is gorgeously written, tells a heart-thumping story, and is performed with flawless taste and authority is a cause for celebration, chill the champagne.... If the setting sounds familiar, the story is not, and you will not soon forget it, thanks to dazzling language and to a supple and powerful performance by [narrator Aidan] Kelly, whose Thomas is somehow both pragmatic and full of wonder." (AudioFile)

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    J. Marklin 03-13-17
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    "Fascinating story of a hard life"

    This novel is so rich in early American history and an Irish immigrant's tale. Thomas is a kind man who fights bravely and loves deeply.
    Mr. Kelly's Irish accent is perfect for this audiobook. I'm looking forward to listening to more of Sebastian Barry's books!

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous_Geek 02-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Bliss"

    The writing and narration make for pure bliss. The joyful, faithful, never doubting love of two men, the girl who makes them a family- the beauty and simplicity of acceptance of hardship, it gives me hope at this tough place in time. We shall get through it all if we remember that others have gone before us and others will come after.
    Let us find joy in our lives, no matter what.
    This book has touched my core.

    56 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Boe 02-26-17
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    "A Treasure"

    A masterful narration of a historically accurate and beautiful story. Thrilling and touching, surprising right up to the end.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Oz TEXAS, US 04-24-17
    Oz TEXAS, US 04-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Masculine Story with Feminine Take"

    Narration was perfect for this book.
    Although the story takes place in America's early history it has a twist that is relevant today.
    I think this book would appeal to a wide audience.
    I enjoyed every "page".

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Deal 07-28-17
    Donna Deal 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stunning, disturbing, amazing"
    If you could sum up Days Without End in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, explicit, poetic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, without a doubt. A poor boy who had character, insight and resolve.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning.. when the boys became girl dancers: humorous, sweet, yet innocent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I had difficult with the scene in the fort when the Oglala chief came to the soldiers to
    retrieve his daughter after the village had been slaughtered by the soldiers. I had to stop listening for a while.. very realistic and tragic.


    Any additional comments?

    The violence was constant, well portrayed but it put me off.
    This is an amazing book, but the historically accurate accounts of the wars really
    tore my heart. I'm taking a break from it for a while.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Mora 07-13-17
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    "One of the best - story and performance."

    Spectacular and brutal Civil War-era drama with vivid voice and characters, in a tightly woven plot. This one will stay with me.

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    LK 03-09-17
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    "Can't say enough good things"

    Please listen to or read this book. It was so well done and moving. Aidan Kelly is brilliant as Thomas and you'll fall in love with all the characters and their incredible story. Love, tragedy, war, injustice, triumph, humor... this book has it all. Brilliant and top notch.

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    Sharey 07-25-17
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    "Odd Little Book"

    This starts out really well but suddenly you realize how quirky it is, possibly augmented by the Irish narration and fleeting pace. Entertaining, though, and an easy, tight listen. 3.75 stars

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    Julie 07-24-17
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    "Starts as a interesting story"

    Starts as a interesting story....but this is why Id like audible to rate books. I didn't see broke back mountain for a reason and I dont like getting into this and finding it in the story line. I'm returning it.

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    "Breathtaking wriring!"

    The writing is astoundingly beautiful and direct, as are the characters and themes generously and poignantly presented.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful

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